Beethoven and Strauss

Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto and "Ein Heldenleben" by Richard Strauss.

About the Concert

"Self-glorification", "shameless egocentricity" - Richard Strauss was repeatedly accused of having made a monument to himself in "Heldenleben". We can no longer ask him, but he probably meant it rather ironically. In a letter to Romain Rolland he wrote: "I am not a hero. I lack the necessary strength; I am not made for battle; I prefer to retire, to enjoy peace and quiet ..." Be that as it may - to this day, the young composer's sonorous and self-confident tone poem is considered a masterpiece and a challenge for the solo violin, which plays enormously difficult passages in it.
Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 is also a challenge, albeit for pianists. In it, Beethoven reveals himself for the first time as a completely independent composer, free from the influences of Mozart and the superfather Haydn. For example, he allows the timpani and piano to enter into a dialogue with each other - the audience found this very perky at the time, and it is still highly effective today!


Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor

Richard Strauss
"Ein Heldenleben" Symphonic poem


Pablo González
Francesco Piemontesi
Dresdner Philharmonie


Pablo González

Hailed as one of the most passionate conductors of his generation, Pablo González recently completed his four-years long term as the Principal Conductor of the Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra (RTVE) and Artistic Adviser to the Orchestra and Choir, having appeared regularly at Madrid’s Teatro Monumental. Pablo previously served as Music Director of the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona I Nacional de Catalunya (10/15). 

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Francesco Piemontesi

„The music conjures up on his face a subtle interplay of sensations, entirely from within – the faithful reflection of his musicianship.“ (Neue Zuricher Zeitung)

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Dresdner Philharmonie

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